Putting the dismal road trip behind us along with the disappointing loss Monday at home, the Giants woke up Tuesday and put a stop to being stopped.
Matt Cain was on the mound, and I gotta tell you, those first few innings he looked good out there. Not only did he look good on the mound, he looked pretty good at the plate too, helping his own cause with a three-run homer in the second.
I’m getting ahead of myself. I can’t help it, I’m excited (spoiler alert)–we won!
The second inning was our inning. Cain pitched two scoreless innings to the Reds, and when our turn came in the bottom of the second, Brandon Crawford led off with a single. Brandon Belt reached on an error–we’re not picky, we’ll take it–that moved Crawford to third and put Belt on second. Ramiro Pena hit a single, scoring Crawford and sending Belt to third, where the Reds third baseman tagged him out. Or did he? Bochy requested a replay review and on the second look, the NY umpires overturned the call on the field because the tag was applied too late.
Then Matt Cain hit the big fly, scoring Belt and Pena too.
In the third inning, Mac Williamson led off with a single, then Crawford singled and Belt singled, loading the bases. Grant Green hit a ground ball to second, and the second baseman reached out to tag Belt on his way to the base, then threw to first base to get Green out there. Double play. Or was it? The Reds second baseman looked like he was going to stay out on the field even though he made the third out. He knew. Bochy called for a replay review of the tag because it looked like the second baseman never touched Belt. He didn’t. Big Mac scored.
The Reds finally got to Cain in the fourth with a solo home run and again in the fifth when the Reds put together a run on a couple of base hits and a sac bunt.
Buster led off with a single in the fifth, and with Crawford at the plate, Buster took second on a wild pitch. He stole third. That’s right, the face of our franchise is a thief and I couldn’t be prouder. Buster scored–as a result of stealing third–on a sac fly from Grant Green.
The Reds scored in the sixth–their lead-off hitter and first baseman hit a single and former Giant Adam Duvall hit a two-run home run, driving Matt Cain from the game.
Big Mac led off the seventh with a single, Buster followed with another single and Crawford drove them both home with a line drive triple to center.
Every time the Giants scored, Cincinnati answered back. In the eighth, they scored on back-to-back solo jacks and scored a run on a couple of singles and a sac fly in the ninth. Santiago Casilla got the save. The final score was:
Giants 9, Reds 7
I’m not one to gripe and complain…or am I? But the umpires in this game seemed particularly eager to rule against the Giants. Two calls against Brandon Belt–both overturned? and how about Pagan? Argued a strike three call and got bounced. Bochy was left with one player on the bench, Trevor Brown. He did a little fancy footwork, moved Belt to left, Buster to first and had Brownie strap on the Tools of Ignorance for the final inning. Lucky for us the Reds didn’t tie it up, we might still be there.
Oh, and Pena? Sacagawea, according to Bochy he has a contusion “you know where” and he’ll be day-to-day.
Let’s get another win Wednesday, whattya say? It won’t be a winning streak (yet), but at least we’ll be on our way.
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